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Get to know Porscha

Porscha cares about what happens to people when they enter the criminal legal system. She knows we can equip those who walk through the courtroom doors with the right tools. Porscha has seen firsthand how mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, over-policing and disparities in sentencing disproportionately impact low income and people of color. She is committed to advocating for innovative solutions that will push to reduce recidivism and increase access to resources for all people, regardless of background. Let's elect a young progressive leader to the bench who is organized, thoughtful, and measured.

Background

Porscha grew up with her mother and father in North Austin and is one of five siblings. She grew up playing sports, attending church, and began working at a young age. Her mother immigrated from Trinidad and Tobago when she was young and remained a legal permanent resident for more than two decades until she was able to get her citizenship. Her father is from Stockton, California, where he experienced the complications of living in a poor city with heavy amounts of crime. Both of her parents enlisted in the US Army for an opportunity to change their future. They met while stationed at Fort Hood, where Porscha was born. ​As a child of two military veterans, Porscha grew up with a strong sense of responsibility. Both her mother and her father stressed the importance of looking beyond the exterior of a person. Her parents taught her that people should be treated with respect no matter the circumstance. 

Porscha completed high school in north Austin, and was accepted into Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, a school known for their award winning Criminal Justice program. Porscha is a first generation college graduate with a Bachelor's of Arts in Criminal Justice and a double minor in Spanish and Political Science. After completing her degree in 2011, she moved to Houston. 

In Houston, Porscha worked her way up to become the youngest branch manager for Hertz rental car at only 22 years-old. Porscha worked full-time while studying for the LSAT. She was ultimately accepted into Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University (TSU). While at Thurgood Marshall, Porscha participated in a variety of student organizations such as the Innocence Clinic, the law school’s first LGBT organization, and she participated  in several LGBTQ and Black organizations. One of her favorite experiences was working on programming to educate individuals about HIV/AIDS at TSU. 

Porscha graduated from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2015. She began her legal career as a Staff Attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project in El Paso, Texas. A year later, she found her real passion for criminal defense at the El Paso County Public Defender’s Office. It's during this time that Porscha obtained a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Soon after, she moved back to Houston and is now an Assistant Public Defender in the Felony Trial Division of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office. In her role as a Public Defender, she mentors other public defenders through Gideon’s Promise and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She also works on several committees through the Texas State Bar and other Public Defender groups. 

Porscha is a proud Houstonian and full-time dog mom to two pups with her partner, Samantha. Porscha is excited to ask for your vote in the 2022 March Primary Election!
 

Awards & Accomplishments

2021 Houston LGBTQ Political Caucus Newcomer of the Year

2021-2022 State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee 

2021-2022 TCDLA Future Indigent Defense Steering Committee Member

2020 Texas Association of Young Lawyers Practice Areas 101 Podcast - Criminal Law

2018-2020 Borderland Rainbow Center Executive Board Member

2017-2020 Gideon’s Promise Public Defender Training Program Graduate

2015 Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston Emerging Leader

2014/2015 TMSL Dean’s List